Solution Combines Skyworks' Industry Leading RF Front-end Module Capabilities with Sequans' Monarch Chip to Capitalize on Growing Demand for Embedded Cellular Connectivity
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 23, 2016 – Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, and Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of LTE chips for wireless device manufacturers worldwide, announced they have delivered the world’s first solution optimized for LTE Category M (Cat M) applications addressing the growing demand for embedded cellular connectivity across the Internet of Things (IoT). The device leverages Skyworks’ half-duplex RF front-end module and Sequans’ new Monarch LTE Cat M single chip to deliver a highly integrated, turn-key solution based on Release 13 of the 3GPP LTE standard. The Skyworks/Sequans platform, which is scalable to operator requirements worldwide, simplifies the design process, shortens OEM development time and significantly accelerates the launch of next generation LTE-based devices targeting low data rate, low power applications.
“Sequans is excited to be partnering with Skyworks to create a very highly integrated solution for LTE Cat M applications,” said Craig Miller, vice president of marketing for Sequans. “Our complete end-to-end solution, which is expected to be the dominant deployment method for LTE Cat M devices, provides customers with a powerful, cost-effective product that delivers industry-leading size and power efficiency, as well as support for low and mid frequency bands.”
“Skyworks’ collaboration with Sequans combines the best-in-class capabilities of both companies,” said Carlos Bori, vice president of marketing for Skyworks. “We have focused on developing a comprehensive transmit/receive solution for the new wave of devices spanning the Internet of Things that will operate ultra-efficiently across numerous frequency bands around the world. OEMs will find the device easy to design and integrate into their applications.”
According to ABI Research, cellular/wide-area Internet of Things shipments will exceed one billion units over the next five years. In addition, the GSMA says cellular M2M connections could grow from around 300 million devices today to as many as two billion in 2020. Increasingly, IoT developers are choosing LTE for their connectivity as they realize that technologies like Cat M meet challenging cost and power efficiency needs while providing valuable longevity through a reliable, global connectivity standard like LTE.
About Skyworks’ and Sequans’ Solution
Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M single chip supports both Category M1 and M2 of the narrowband LTE user equipment categories defined in 3GPP Release 13. The Monarch chip integrates the baseband, RF transceiver, memory and power management functionality in a small 6.5 x 8 mm package, and is optimized for half-duplex FDD with intelligent on-chip RF filtering for global band support. When combined with Skyworks’ SKY68000-11 front-end module, an ultra-compact, fully integrated multi-band solution integrating all the active and passive RF front-end components, the solution provides one of the most highly optimized LTE platforms for IoT applications available today.
About LTE Category M
The deployment of 3GPP Release 13 LTE networks and devices supporting Category M1 and M2 is expected to commence with trials in 2016 and commercialization in 2017. These low-cost/low-power narrowband connectivity solutions will enable low data rate applications and will find high usage in large scale deployments such as smart meters, sensors and monitors for the smart city, agriculture, industrial, the environment and the smart home, consumer and healthcare wearables, and ubiquitous asset tracking tags for vehicles, cargo, children, the elderly, pets and even luggage.
Source: Sequans Communications